by Will Ojanen
Posted: 10/6/2011 8:21:49 AM
Last Week: 6-2 Overall: 33-15
Georgia Tech 37, Maryland 21 After the opening night win against Miami, the Terps have been disappointing, and they have a tough matchup ahead of them. Georgia Tech has run up, down, left, right, around people, through people, and occasionally throws bombs that end up as touchdowns. The defense is still a work in progress, but as potent as the Yellow Jackets offense is, it won't be a big issue. Maryland was blown out by Temple, and struggled against Towson, and once this game ends, the Terps will want to crawl inside their shells and hide for a few days.
North Carolina 27, Louisville 10 Coming off of an impressive win against ECU, UNC host a very average Louisville team that is 2-2, with their two wins being a 12 point win over Murray State and a seven point win over Kentucky. Louisville's offense relies on the passing game most, averaging 239 yards per game through the air. But they have trouble scoring, as the Cardinals are 105th in the nation in points scored. They don't allow a lot of points defensively, but that's due to the level of competition. Bryn Renner should be able to throw with relative ease, and Gio Bernard should have no problem running the ball.
Florida State 33, Wake Forest 24 There are a couple of games in the ACC this week that have "upset alert" to them, and this is one of them. People have been doubting Wake Forest a lot, and I'm starting to buy in to them a little. Tanner Price is in the upper echelon of quarterbacks in the ACC, and shouldn't be taken lightly. Wake averages 314 yards passing per game, which is 16th in the country. Florida State had a much needed bye week to lick their wounds after back to back losses to Oklahoma and Clemson. The bye week was also needed to get healthy, as the Noles were a bit beat up after those two games. The Noles defense is a bit better, and they will be the difference in the game. I still think Price will have a nice game through the air, but Wake's defense won't be able to stop FSU as much on offense.
Clemson 30, Boston College 14 This is the other game that has the upset alert on it, only because there's the theory that Clemson is due of a letdown after winning against Auburn, Florida State, and Virginia Tech. But what if this is the year that Clemson actually doesn't falter? Could that be possible? I'm banking on that. Tahj Boyd has already established himself as one of the best QB's in the ACC, and the running game has been solid. Boston College is nowhere near where you would expect them to be. What normally is a strong running game is one of the worst in the country, and the passing game is subpar. In other words, BC can't move the ball. I could see Clemson getting out of the gates slow like they did in their first three games, but get it going in the second half and pull away.
NC State 35, Central Michigan 21 If NC State's defense were healthy, the score probably wouldn't be this close. But it seems like Tom O'Brien is looking for anyone and anything to play on the defensive line. And because of that, I could see Central Michigan putting up a few points in this game. But Central Michigan's defense isn't much better, and Mike Glennon should be able to get some yards through the air, and the running game should be able to do enough to help.
Virginia Tech 24, Miami 17 The loss to Clemson last week was a bit unexpected, and the Hokies will want revenge. But I think Miami will be pesky because of Lamar Miller. The Hokies haven't allowed a 100 yard rusher yet this year, but Miller will be the stiffest competition the Hokies defense will have faced, and I think Miller will keep the Canes in this game. But you would expect Jacory Harris to be Jacory Harris and throw a couple of interceptions at key points of the game. David Wilson will run through the Miami defense a bit and propel them to victory.
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